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Posted in: Ending coronavirus emergency raises hope, sparks some concern See in context

Really if you are scared to go out then just stay home as no one is forcing you to go out. This virus is here to stay and we just have to live with it like we do with the flu and a host of other health issues.

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Posted in: Japan lifts state of emergency for Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

We have to learn how to live with this virus as it will be around for a while and we can not continue to lock ourselves up although those that want to are free to do so.

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Posted in: Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

Time now to support the restaurants and businesses that have been impacted by this State of Emergency. This virus like others is here to stay so we have to get used to living with it.

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Posted in: On duty at Japan's 'last-chance' hospital for coronavirus See in context

Why does the media always want to keep on frightening people although on a positive note its good to see at least one hospital is taking in Covid-19 patients when others turn them away.

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Posted in: Criminal complaint filed over 2018 dinner party for Abe supporters See in context

I am sure this will go nowhere. The ruling LDP have one law for them and another for everyone else.

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Posted in: Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need See in context

He is desperate to look like he is in control but just another example of wasting our tax money.

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Posted in: Japan mulls ending state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo prefectures See in context

We should continue to protect the old and people with weak immune systems but it makes no sense to quarantine healthy people and destroy the economy.

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

Regardless of what the lockdown loonies claim the numbers are getting better and looks like the state of emergency will be lifted soon and businesses can restart. For many its too late though.

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Posted in: Australia says China ignoring its calls to ease trade tension See in context

Typical bully attitude from China. Hopefully the world will unite and insist on an investigation to the source of the virus. Time for China to change their ways.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Well done Japan, for what ever reason the numbers are so low its still good news.

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

wont make any difference as all prosecutors young or old behave exactly the same. Why do you think they have a 99% conviction rate.

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Posted in: More than 90% of Tokyo hospital beds for COVID-19 patients filled See in context

So this shows how unprepared Tokyo is although they have had months to prepare for this. People praising Koike should think twice before doing so as she should have prepared some purpose built facilities for covid 19 patients. Japan seems to have been lucky so far that the numbers are so low.

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Posted in: Turkey charges pilots, 3 others, over Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

I am sure this happened at the request of the Japanese government as they really lost face when Carlos got away.

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Posted in: Second wave of coronavirus infections feared around world See in context

Seems Japan is on its second wave already. First wave was allowing Wuhan tourists in during the Chinese new year for their cash and then the government was too slow and lax by allowing visitors from Europe and the states. Lets hope Abe finally learns from this and we don't get a third wave !

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Posted in: Japan to revise criteria on symptoms for being tested for virus See in context

About time and a step in the right direction.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 39 new coronavirus cases; lowest in 4 weeks See in context

Numbers were dropping before the weekend so hopefully they will continue to drop. Lets hope people don't go out too much over Golden Week then things will only improve and life can start to return to normal.

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Posted in: Osaka to name and shame more pachinko parlors defying closure request See in context

As they are technically illegal it should be easy to close them or punish them. Just more BS from JP politicians who take donations from this industry to allow them to operate. Good opportunity to finally get rid of them.

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Posted in: A flood of business bankruptcies in U.S. likely in coming months See in context

Same thing will happen here unless greedy landlords offer some help to small businesses.

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Posted in: Experts call for more coronavirus tests as positive rate rises See in context

Why cant the Japanese government learn from how the Koreans seem to have kept it under control and surely its time to take some advice from some health experts and stop letting the bureaucrats make all the decisions.

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

ToraApr. 22 09:22 am JST

My prediction is that the lockdown will be extended, and under exisiting legislation, landlords will be compelled to cut/suspend rents. Likewise, banks will be asked to suspend loan repayment requirements, since otherwise many landlords will struggle, too. These options are already being discussed.

I hope you are right as this is the only way to stop many restaurants and small businesses from going bankrupt. Also better to use what little cash they have to pay their staff.

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Posted in: Bars, restaurants suffer as Japan slows down See in context

Why is the government not even talking about rent freezes to help bars and restaurants. For many this is the biggest issue and failure to pay their rents will end in eviction and bankruptcy.

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Posted in: Uber Eats sees 20% contract jump in March See in context

Uber deliveries will never cover the deficits as long as they take 35% from the restaurants to deliver the food. Not much profit left after they take their cut.

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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

The government needs to start making purpose built temporary hospitals for Coronavirus patients and that way only the serious ill people would need to use the hospitals and no hospital crisis. Can't anyone in the JP government come up with this easy solution that many other countries have done.

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Posted in: Abe's wife criticized for group shrine visit See in context

What ever happened to 'lead by example"

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Posted in: Bars, restaurants suffer as Japan slows down See in context

Many restaurants are now temporarily closed at the request of the government and the rest are operating under restricted hours with few customers and no financial support at all. Get ready for a high percentage that wont reopen and an increase of bankruptcies, suicides and unemployment. Thanks Abe san for your concerns.

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Posted in: Cloth mask deliveries to begin Friday under controversial Abe initiative See in context

Nice one Abe san you know how to waste money don't you.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

I am sure many PR visa holders have paid tax for so many years so to ignore us is not fair. Might have to reconsider my life here after or make sure I pay as little tax as possible in the future.

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Posted in: Abe pressed to pay out more cash as coronavirus hits economy See in context

As a business owner I now resent all the taxes i have paid recently and the personal taxes I will have to pay soon when they arrive in the post because the government is refusing to help us now. They are only thinking of giving the 100,000 to everyone and as usual they cant make any decision and will need many many meetings before they make their minds up. Japan is really lacking a leader that can lead and i guess the Japanese people only have themselves to blame for always voting them in regardless of their performance.

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Posted in: Osaka asks citizens for raincoats amid shortage of protective gear See in context

They have had months to prepare for this. This really shows up the bloated and inefficient beaurocrats that Japan has. Time to promote some smarter people to key positions instead of the present system.

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Posted in: Abe defends mask give-out plan; eyes budget submission next week See in context

Is this is all they can come up with ? ? what about helping the restaurants who employ so many staff including part timers who can't get any support if they lose their jobs. Also I am sure it's one of the government's friends who got the contract to supply the masks without a tender.

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